Percey Bysse Shelley: Background●Percy Bysshe Shelley was born 4 August 1792 in Horsham, England.●first of seven children (two died as babies)●born to Elizabeth Pilfold Shelley and her husband, a Whig Parliamentarian named Sir Timothy Shelley.●As the son of a Member of Parliament who stood to inherit a sizeable income, Shelley attended only the best schools●In 1804, at the age of twelve, he went off to Eton College, the boys' boarding school. ○He was often teased by the other boys there because of his appearance●In 1810, Shelley enrolled at University College, Oxford, to begin his unsuccessful college career.●He and a friend named Thomas Hogg together published a book of bawdy poetry,which nearly got him expelled.●He published the necessity of atheism Oxford dons were shocked by the essay's pro-atheist arguments and called for Shelley to be thrown out of school. ●On 28 August 1811, he was disapproved of his family, Shelley ran off to Scotland to marry a 16-year-old named Harriet Westbrook.●Shelley was not really in love with her●Harriet gave birth to their first daughter, Ianthe, on 23 June 1813.●In 1813 Shelley self-published his first major work, the long poem Queen Mab. ●Shelley and Mary Godwin fell in love●He explained his feelings to his wife Harriet - now pregnant with their second child ○believing that if she shared his ideals and truly loved him, she would want him to follow his heart○He was disappointed to learn that she did not. Nonetheless his relationship with Mary squared with his idea of honor.●In July 1814, Shelley, Mary Godwin and Godwin's half-sister Claire Clairmont ran off together to the Continent, where they spent six weeks gallivanting through Western Europe.●When they returned to England, she was pregnant●Shelley went into debt with his reputation destroyed●Shelley was forced into hiding for a few months to escape his many creditors.●Tragically the couple's first child was born prematurely and died just weeks after birth. Their second, a son named William, was born 24 January 1816.●Claire Clairmont had begun a relationship with the poet Lord Byron, a dark, perverse character who avoided philosophical debates on morality by simply have no ethics whatsoever.